Earlier this week, news had broke that Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton has stepped down from touring with the band due to his battle with Parkinson’s disease. Apparently, Tipton’s battle with the disease has been quite a long winded one that has finally caught up to him, to the point where he can no longer continue on the road.
Judas Priest singer Rob Halford commented on this news, as this will be the first time in a very long time that Halford and Tipton will be separated while on tour.
“There’s been a lot of emotion with the announcement, but we’re very happy for Glenn, that he’s been able to make a decision that’s good for him and where he’s at right now,” Halford said. “Glenn’s thing was that this was all about the band. It was the band, the band the band. And we said, ‘No, it’s about what’s best for you,’ and he said, ‘No, I want what’s best for the band.’ Which just goes to show you where his heart is at.”
“The most important thing is that Glenn is still in Judas Priest,” Rob told Kerrang! “It’s just that his role is going to be different. He can’t tour, but it’s going to be great for fans when he comes out every now and then to do ‘Breaking The Law’ or ‘Living After Midnight’. The love that we’ve had already has been amazing, and I know when he walks onstage whenever we do that, it’s going to be something special.”
Ultimately, the show must go on. Judas Priest’s new studio album “Firepower” will be released next month, with their upcoming tour to immediately follow. Replacing Tipton will be the likes of Andy Sneap.
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